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I write this with the idea in mind that one strong voice can make a loud and long-lasting statement. September was Hunger Action Month and many of you may have noticed the status updates on Facebook, Twitter feeds and various other social media outlets showing support for this movement. One thing I’m sure you have noticed is all of the talk surrounding the House passing a bill that could ultimately cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), which would result in more than 1.5 billion meals lost in 2014 for Americans everywhere who struggle with food insecurity. “Food Insecurity” by definition means, “Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways” (Feeding America, 2009). As a nation our “food insecurity” rate is 16.4 percent which means 50,120,000 Americans face the reality of true hunger every day, here in Macon County that number is 15.9 percent or 5,350 residents (30.6 percent of children in Macon County or 1,930 food insecure children).


If we hadn’t figured it out by 2008, we should have at least gotten a clue. The congressional and White House phones and emails were jammed with unprecedented pleas from “We the People.” Not only were the lines jammed; the polls strongly indicated that “We the People” oppose the banker bailout.

Regardless, the banks got bailed out and “We the People” got sold out.

Corporate privilege continued into the next administration.


We were honored to have a group of CPAs from Drake Software and graduate students from Western Carolina University volunteer on Sept. 20 at CareNet.

The group had an opportunity to assist in the food pantry, file room and work with the BackPack Program. Needless to say, they left with a better understanding of what goes on daily here at CareNet.

We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with each of you and look forward to having you back again soon.

Thank You,

Shaina d. Adkins
Executive Director Macon County Care Network

It is always exciting when it is time for the Fair. People plan what they will make or bring and hopefully receive some sort of recognition by winning a ribbon or other prize.

It is always sad to see the fair close but hopefully there will be pleasant memories of good times, good food and lots of fun. But this year there are also some unpleasant memories.

On Sunday, when booths and displays in the educational building were taken down it was noted that several items had been taken from the displays.


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